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EC biocides response announced

22 April 2016

A "robust defence" has been prepared in answer to the European Commission biocide legislation, according to the Chilled Food Association (CFA).

This has been prepared by 13 food production organisations and the CFA.

Biocides are considered vital for food hygiene and safety, the industry response states.

These include disinfectants and sanitisers used by food producers and also in work places and homes.

However, the EC is now proposing to regulate the traces of these compounds in foodstuffs. The UK industry believes that they are an important factor in the low level of food poisoning outbreaks.

It is accordingly urging both UK and EC authorities to maintain an adequate range of effective biocides and cleaning agents to avoid compromising food safety as a result of microbiological risk increases.

CFA chair Alan Both said biocide presence does not indicate a health threat. "Worringly, the reverse is true," he said.

"Biocide use is central to ensuring good food hygiene, therefore their exclusion would pose a significant threat to human health.

"The main aim is now for the EC to recognise that it is not appropriate to apply Maximum Residue Limits as biocides used for disinfection are not being used as Plant Protection Products (i.e. pesticides).”

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